Weezer, "Hurley" and Jorge Garcia

Death, drugs, foreclosures, hate crimes, illegal sea turtle egg harvesting, denied parole and more from Latino Loop

Published on LatinoLA: August 26, 2010

Weezer, "Hurley" and Jorge Garcia

Weezer has named their new album after Jorge Garcia's character on "Lost." The album "Hurley" also uses a picture of Garcia as the cover.

Latino households have suffered almost 50% of California foreclosures between 2006 and 2009, according to a report by the Center for Responsible Lending. The report also shows that loan defaults were concentrated in California's central valley.

Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete of Guadalajara was crowned Miss Universe on Monday night.

Police have arrested former Bolivian dictator Juan Pereda Asbun for exposing himself to a group of children and trying to get a young girl to get into his car. He was also found with two boxes of cocaine-loaded cigarettes and was sent to a drug rehabilitation center.

Venezuela had a reported 16,000 murders during 2009, compared to only 4,644 civilian deaths from violence in Iraq that same year.

Twitter usage in Latin America is growing at a faster rate than in any other region with an increase of 305% in users from June 2009 to June 2010, according to a report by comScore.

Police in the Staten Island neighborhood of Port Richmond are investigating 10 alleged hate crimes against Mexicans.

Rescue teams are sending food, water and oxygen to the 33 trapped Chilean miners, but it may be four months until they are rescued. The news of the delay in the rescue has not been communicated to the miners for fear of breaking their spirit.

PBS will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a lineup of new and encore programs including specials about Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Diego Rivera, female mariachis and more.

Walid Makled Garcia, a Venezuelan drug trafficker, was arrested in Colombia on Thursday and is to be extradited to the U.S. President Barack Obama placed Garcia on the "significant foreign narcotics traffickers" list last year.

The list of nominees for the 11th Annual Latin Grammys, which will be announced on September 8th at a press conference in Hollywood, will be available online the same day at 9 AM Pacific time at Latin Grammy.

Marc Zimet has been promoted to VP of music programming and talent relations for MTV Latin America and Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas.

Turner Classic Movies will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution by broadcasting a series of films throughout September, including the premieres of seven Spanish-language films by director Ismael Rodriguez and Elia Kazan's "Viva Zapata!"

Six police officers were arrested in the killing of Edelmiro Cavazos, the mayor of Santiago, Mexico. The officers included men who guarded Cavazos' house where he was kidnapped.

Burger King will no longer be working with LatinWorks or UniWorld and will focus on campaigns that are not segmented by demographics. The company's chief marketing officer said that X and Y generations believe in a "melting pot." Crispin Porter & Bogusky will be handling general-market ads, but will still include Spanish-language ads.

Police arrested six men in Acapulco who were found with 3,756 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.

Two Spanish aid workers who were kidnapped last November in Mauritania by an al-Qaida affiliate, were freed after 268 days in captivity. Roque Pascual and Albert Vilatla were delivering supplies to poor villagers when they were kidnapped.

America Ferrera's father died on Monday in Honduras.

Arenas Entertainment has named Sergio Gonzalez as its VP of Publicity and Promotions, overseeing the development and execution of marketing campaigns across all platforms.

According to new data gathered by Mexican authorities, drug gangs are employing a new tactic and hiring attractive women to carry out killings. A gang member revealed during an interrogation that around 30 women between ages 18-30 years have been hired by the La Linea gang to carry out killings and/or accompany hitmen.

The new season of the mun2 fashion show "The mun2 Look" premiered on Saturday featuring LMFAO giving a sneak peek at their clothing line, Party Rock. This season will feature Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly Furtado, Mario Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Kimora Lee Simmons and many more.

The Spanish government has purchased the home of movie director Luis Bu??uel in Mexico City with plans to make it into a cultural center.

Univision tied with ABC and CBS for first place ratings for the night of August 16th for it's back-to-back novelas "Hasta que el dinero nos separe" and "Soy tu due??a".

Ricky Martin's memoir, "Me", will be released on November 2nd. The Spanish-language version of the memoir, "Yo", will be released simultaneously.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are featured in PETA's newest pro-vegan campaign.

After 10 years, Heineken has stepped down as main sponsor of next year's Benicassim music festival in Spain.

Jay Hernandez stars in the new film "Takers," playing a police officer working on bank robbery case. The film hits theaters this Frida

Chef Mario Pagan will be the first Puerto Rican to compete in "The Next Iron Chef." The new season premieres October 3rd.

American activist Lori Berenson will return to prison in Peru after a court denied her parole. Berenson was recently released from prison, where she had served 15 years of a 20-year sentence for aiding leftist rebels and collaborating with terrorists.

Sofia Vergara has partnered with Suave Professionals for a contest asking fans to choose the hairstyle that she will wear on the Emmy's red carpet. Voters are given the chance to win a red carpet swag bag and a trip to attend the awards show. Vote here.

City of Hope will premiere the song and video for "Unete con la Gota de la Vida" on September 7th at a special event in Los Angeles as part of a national health awareness campaign to encourage Latinos to join the National Marrow Donor Program. The song will be performed live under the direction of Arthur Hanlon.

This week, LATV expanded its programming hours at KJLA, its Los Angeles affiliate, to a total of 16 consecutive hours between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m, Monday through Friday. The station will air original talk shows "Almohadazo," "Vision Extrema" and "Roomies;" a daily sports news show "Score Final;" and two dramas "Yo No Te Pido La Luna" and "Clave Uno."

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